Amir Gheitasi
Postdoctoral Research Associate

University of Virginia
Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Thornton Hall
351 McCormick Road
PO Box 400742
Charlottesville, VA

Amir Gheitasi is a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Virginia, where he also received his Ph.D. in Structural Engineering in August 2014. Prior to joining the graduate program at the University of Virginia, he had a prior appointment at the Michigan Technological University as a graduate research assistant. He also received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Civil and Structural Engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic), Tehran, Iran. In addition to his research activities, he also gained several teaching experiences by serving as guest lecturer and primary instructor for a number of classes during his graduate studies. Amir has been involved in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Structural Engineering Institute (SEI), and Transportation Research Board (TRB).

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  • Recipient of department’s award for excellence in research (April 2015)
  • University of Virginia Mariana S. Hamilton graduate engineering fellowship (November 2014)
  • University of Virginia Featured in the CEE newsletter (April 2014)
  • University of Virginia Recipient of department’s travel grants to attend Structures Congress (April 2014)
  • University of Virginia School of engineering and applied sciences fellowship (May 2013)
  • University of Virginia Recipient of department’s award for excellence in graduate studies (April 2009)
  • Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic) Ranked 124th in national university entrance exam- graduate level (April 2006)
  • Civil Engineering Discipline, Iran (~ 10,000 participants) Ranked as top 0.2% in national university entrance exam – undergraduate level (September 2002) — Mathematics and Physics Discipline, Iran (~ 500,000 participants)

Research Interests

His research interests include Bridge Engineering and Behavior, Condition Assessment and Structural Health Monitoring, Finite Element Method, Non-Linear Structural Analysis, and Structural Stability.

Research and Publications

[12] Harris, D.K., Civitillo, J. M., and Gheitasi, A. (submitted 2014). “Performance and Behavior of Hybrid Composite Beam Bridge in Virginia – Live Load Testing.” Journal of Bridge Engineering.
[11] Gheitasi, A., and Harris, D.K. (2015). “Implications of Overload Distribution Behavior on Load Rating Practices in Steel Stringer Bridges.” Transportation Research Record (TRR), Journal of the Transportation Research Board, In press.
[10] Gheitasi, A., and Harris, D.K. (2015). “Redundancy and Operational Safety of Composite Stringer Bridges with Deteriorated Girders.” Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, In press.
[9] Gheitasi, A., and Harris, D.K. (2015). “Performance Assessment of Steel-Concrete Composite Bridges with Subsurface Deck Delamination.” Structures, 2, 8-20.
[8] Harris, D.K., Carbonell, M.A., Gheitasi, A., Ahlborn, T.M., and Rush, S.V. (2014). “Challenges of Interface Bond Characterization of Ultra-High Performance Concrete – A Study for Applications in Bridge Rehabilitation Practices.” ASTM Journal – Advances in Civil Engineering Materials, 4(2), ACEM20140034, [Invited Paper].
[7] Gheitasi, A., and Harris, D.K. (2014) “Overload Flexural Distribution Behavior in Composite Steel Girder Bridges.” Journal of Bridge Engineering, 20(5), 04014076.
[6] Gheitasi, A., and Harris, D.K. (2014) “Failure Characteristics and Ultimate Load-Carrying Capacity of Redundant Composite Steel Girder Bridges: Case Study.” Journal of Bridge Engineering, 20(3), 05014012.
[5] Harris, D.K., and Gheitasi, A. (2013). “Implementation of an Energy-Based Stiffened Plate Formulation for Lateral Load Distribution Characteristics of Girder-Type Bridges.” Engineering Structures, 54, 168-179.
[4] Harris, D.K., Gheitasi, A., Ahlborn, T.M, and Mears, K.A. (2013). “Evaluation of Properties of Constructed Tubular-Steel Cast-In-Place Pilings.” Transportation Research Record (TRR), Journal of the Transportation Research Board – Soil Mechanics, 2363, 34-46.
[3] Alinia, M.M., Gheitasi, A., and Shakiba, M. (2011). “Postbuckling and Ultimate State of Stresses in Steel Plate Girders.” Thin-Walled Structures, 49(4), 455-464.
[2] Gheitasi, A., and Alinia, M.M. (2010). “Slenderness Classification of Unstiffened Metal Plates under Shear Loading.” Thin-Walled Structures, 48(7), 508-518.
[1] Alinia, M.M., Gheitasi, A., and Erfani, S. (2009). “Plastic Shear Buckling of Unstiffened Stocky Plates.” Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 65(8), 1631-1643.

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